Scoping sessions: the beginning
Expect to be asked a load of questions by us. Millions of them! We will probe you about:
- your ideas,
- the name of the application,
- the application type: is it going to be a web or mobile application, or maybe both?
...and much more.
Then, we sit down with our developers to create user stories. This may well generate more questions, but that’s just because we want to get a clear understanding of your vision and goals.
When all the materials are ready, we will organise a meeting between the customer, developers and project manager. This usually lasts between 2 and 3 hours. During the meeting, we will go through the User Stories we prepared earlier. They are all gathered in JIRA, the project management tool we use and share access with our clients. By discussing the user stories we ensure that everything is exactly where it should be.
Estimations and MVP
Next, we sit down and estimate all the tasks we need to complete and then draft an MVP for our customers including goals and milestones. We believe that this is the safest way to check if a business idea will succeed. Of course, we will be more than happy to develop the application beyond the original project if need be!
Also, the scoping session gives our customers an insight into our working practices and culture. It’s a great moment to see if we are a good fit for you. After the scoping session, the client receives the relevant estimations including all the materials we prepared for the meeting. They are yours to use as you wish.
Scoping session with materials prepared by the prospective customer
Sometimes the client’s vision is only simple in the client’s head - introducing it to others comes as a challenge. Make sure you know:
- Who are your potential users?
- What is the flow you have in mind?
- Did we understand the user stories you have sent us correctly?
Why is that so important? We need to be sure we have left no stone unturned. Then, we move on to the meeting with the clients, estimations and preparation of the final materials.